Shane Pinto’s pessimism, Drake Batherson’s meteoric debut and the COVID-19 conundrum – the athletic



The Ottawa Senators appear to be testing the extreme limits of Murphy’s Law these days.

Anything that can go wrong for this team certainly has gone wrong over the past week.

If you remove the only bright spot – an entertaining 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night – it was another tough news cycle for the club to endure during the 72-hour window that began on Friday night.

The Senators have discovered that Erik Brannstrom has been sidelined indefinitely with a broken hand. The team saw two other players land on the COVID-19 protocol list, including top scorer Drake Batherson. And they looked tired and listless in a 4-0 loss on Sunday, their second shutout loss in three games.

But, as if all that wasn’t enough, the most disastrous news arrived on Saturday night, that’s where we’ll start this column.

Doesn’t look good for Shane Pinto

In the middle of their most dominant hockey spell on Saturday night, the Senators suffered a catastrophic blow when Shane Pinto left the ice before a faceoff in the offensive zone. Pinto walked to the club’s locker room, squeezing his left arm, appearing to injure his shoulder again without any form of contact from a Pittsburgh player.

On Sunday, DJ Smith was unable to provide a timeline on the injury, but admitted, “We don’t expect it to be used anytime soon.” The head coach also declined to say if surgery was in Pinto’s future, saying the Senators medical team would make the decision in the days to come.



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